Storing Garden Tools With Style (aka Zombiewall)




Introduction: Storing Garden Tools With Style (aka Zombiewall)

Storing shovels, rakes, and all the other tools used in the garden can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. An artistic flare is often missing.

Step 1: Something to Put It On

We built a shed in the corner of our yard to replace the ugly tin shed that was poorly placed.

Step 2: Picking the Right Wording

Discussions about the exact wording went on for quite some time but eventually we settled on it. I created a Word document with Times New Roman at a font size of 430. I printed it out on eight or nine sheets of paper. Cutting the letters out as I went. All the sheets then need to be taped together. I tacked it to the wall and used a pencil to transfer the stencil. Followup with a black permanent marker.

To match the theme I used the Internet to find an antique scythe, which I think is a wonderful addition. I used screws and wire to affix the scythe which is also extremely dull at the moment.

Step 3: A Year Later

Turns out permanent marker isn't so permanent. The winter was hard on it and it was showing through. I got a new "king size" marker and touched it up. Took me about an hour and a half. It now has that freshly printed look once again.



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    58 Discussions

    This is an awesome garden tool storage item! I really have to do something like this in my own backyard. This has that perfect slightly geeky dig to it that I'm sure my roommates are sure to love too. Thanks for the idea mate!

    It looks quaint and nicely done, but where I live you'd just be arming the house-breakers.

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    I've been told this and I suppose it's a valid concern. If you search around on Google "in case of zombies and yard work" you can find people that have adopted this idea inside the garage instead of outside. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, I've done pretty well with this design.

    Thanks. I've noticed a lot of people are picking up on the theme. Fridge magnets, decals and wooden signs. Imitation is, of course, the greatest form of flattery. That's why I like share and share alike.

    Should however anyone doubt the veracity of this shed as the original I present a bit of irrefutable proof:


    May I print your photo for myself? I think it is hilarious!! Your garden must be a very happy garden!!!

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    ypu could do a stencil and used acrylic paint and sponge that on, or use an acrylic sealer, weatherproof, and spray it over the letters

    it doesn't get any better than this!

    I'm not a big one for leaving my property laying around but I have had many years of experience in such matters, and it is my learned opinion that people seldom steal things they have to work with. You can usually leave a shovel stuck up in the front yard until the handle rots off and nobody will ever bother it.

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    We have a saying over here that some people would take the eye out of you head and come back for the socket. I had someone steal a dutch hoe on me just days after I bought it, new tools are very attractive looking to would be thieves, I now ugly stuff up with spray paint or stickers etc as they then become much less attractive to opportunistic thieves.

    Good point. Reminds me of the guy who kept having hoses stolen, until he bought a new one and wrapped sloppy duct tape 'patches' all along the length. He hasn't had a problem since.

    Oh. My. Gawd. I absolutely LOVE this, it is right up my alley!

    This is TOO funny !! I'm a big fan of the Walking Dead tv series, and this caught my attention immediately. Hilarious. Great job. Because of the suggestion from the other commentor below about tools being stolen or used for illegal purposes, then someone wanting to do this could always just paint the image of the tools on the side of the shed. Outline them all, take them down, and then fill in the outline. Would still be funny, but at least the tools would be safe.

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    I don't want to sound like a safety Nazi, but have you checked to make sure that the scythe will not jump off the hooks if that door is slammed shut by a gust of wind etc, you don't want that thing bouncing off especially if the kids are running around. Maybe add some kind of retainer the tip of the blade can pass through and a chain and clasp on the handle tight as possible to the upper side of the either handle so I cant rise up out of the top hooks, the door make that one a real wild card.